R.I.P Phil Miller (Matching Mole, Hatfield & The North)

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  1. Aghast of Ithaca

    Aghast of Ithaca Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The excellent Canterbury Scene guitarist Phil Miller has sadly died, aged 68.

    Friends and admirers including Jakko Jakszyk are paying tribute here:

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    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017
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  2. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Aww, that's a shame. I first heard of him with his guest slot on this Caravan LP before he and Richard Sinclair took off for Hatfield.

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  3. Tristero

    Tristero Forum Resident

    Sad news. I've been on a big Matching Mole/Hatfield kick lately and he certainly made some choice contributions. I love the sinister fuzz guitar work here.

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  4. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    He was great with National Health too.
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  5. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

    NYC, USA
    Loved his touch on the Hatfield and Matching Mole records. Truly an underrated and tasteful player. RIP.
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  6. varitone

    varitone Forum Resident

    Lincs, UK
    RIP Phil Miller
  7. B. Bu Po

    B. Bu Po Forum Resident

    Robert Wyatt said something to the effect that Phil Miller was the only electric guitarist that played electric guitar the way it should be played in a band.

    I admit to not "getting" his playing when I first heard it on the first Matching Mole LP. His compositional ability was just as important, I feel.
  8. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

    Now, this is very sad indeed... Actually, it must be one of the most devastating musician deaths for me in quite a while...

    Some of my most cherished gig memories are from Phil's shows or shows featuring him; I was fortunate enough to catch In Cahoots a couple of times (playing to a mere handful of people which made me feel all the more privileged to be there) and one of Hatfield and the North's 2005 reunion performances. Also, there aren't many musicians who appear on so many of my all-time favourite albums as Phil Miller.

    Thanks, Phil!

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    Holy Diver Forum Resident

  10. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    sad news
    will play his Live in Japan cd later

  11. Maranatha5585

    Maranatha5585 Forum Resident

    Down South
    RIP + Phil Miller
  12. SquaRoots

    SquaRoots The North Star Grassman

    Laniakea Superba
    Sad news. RIP Phil.

    I found this LP a couple of months ago: 2 unique, genuine musicians.
    Now they're both gone, him and Lol.

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  13. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

    Miller in the Miller/Coxhill duo was Phil's elder brother Steve who's been dead since December 1998. Phil appears on this album, though...
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  14. lschwart

    lschwart Senior Member

    Richmond, VA
    So sad to her this news. Phil Miller's guitar lines tie together so much of the Canterbury scene music I love, like a bright thread running through a rich tapestry.

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  15. Beeb Fader

    Beeb Fader Forum Resident

    I was similarly moved to write earlier (having not read your post yet Ischwart) "An exquisite and unique soloist who threaded gold through everything he played on". It seems we are very much on the same wavelength !
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  16. lschwart

    lschwart Senior Member

    Richmond, VA
    It's really striking to me, now that I've been pushed by the loss to think about it, just how many records I love are graced with Phil Miller's guitar playing. It's a distinctive sound and one that I've sort of taken for granted as part and parcel of the feel of so much Canterbury-related music.

  17. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

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    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

  20. Bjorn Kjetil Johansen

    Bjorn Kjetil Johansen Vortex Surfer

    Oslo, Norway
    Only heard about his passing now. Very sad. Have been listening to a lot of Matching Mole recently whilst reading the biography of Robert Wyatt. Now I think I will put on some National Health and have a beer.
  21. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

    Beer as in braindeer?
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  22. Bjorn Kjetil Johansen

    Bjorn Kjetil Johansen Vortex Surfer

    Oslo, Norway
    Ha ha. I had an Immediate Curtain for a moment, before I got your post :)
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  24. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    I only know the Matching Mole albums were great. Sorry to read he had to leave. :cry:
  25. footlooseman

    footlooseman Forum Resident

    thank you mr miller for all your contributions to so many great records and performances. may you enjoy eternity

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